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Seeing ourselves in science

Science identity – when students see themselves (and are recognised by others) as someone who understands, uses and does science – is an evolving component of science education. As educators, we can help students develop science identity by introducing them to ‘influential others’ within the community and by providing authentic science experiences.

Connecting with an influential community of scientists

Capitalise on our new content: In Her Nature: New Zealand women changing the way we connect with the world around us. We feature 11 New Zealand women working at the intersection of people and nature. The Hub has many other profiles – check them out on our Pinterest boards: NZ scientists on the Hub and Māori & Pasifika in STEM. Find out what motivates them in the article Working as a scientist.
Connecting with scientists has ideas on how to establish contacts with local scientists and ways to make the best use of the experience. You can also contact the Hub and we’ll use our extensive social media outreach to try and find someone to help.
Don’t forget your own role as an influential other! By regularly creating opportunities for students to engage with science in and outside your classroom, you are role modeling yourself in science to both your students and your peers.

Providing authentic science experiences

Participatory community and citizen science provide opportunities to engage with authentic science – via the collection and interpretation of data or through taking action locally. Check out some of the citizen science projects on offer, along with a helpful webinar and planning article.
The Hub features stories of school projects and the impacts they make on science learning and identity – Toko School discovered that the impacts also filter out to whānau and the wider community. Read through other Participatory Science Platform project stories and consider whether you can adapt a project to fit your own situation. Actions such as composting, monitoring exercise and designing insect houses are good places to start, for primary and secondary alike.

Last minute Seaweek 2020 prep?


Ko au te moana, ko te moana ko au – I am the sea, the sea is me. See our Seaweek resources for inspiration and other support materials, curated by topic.

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